Off The Gridirion: The Sycamore Brotherhood


A brotherhood can mean a lot of things, but at Indiana State, it means unity in good times and in bad.

“Coach Mallory does a great job emphasizing this is a brotherhood, and it truly is, you know when one’s hurting, we’re all hurting,” said ISU running back Titus McCoy. 

The Sycamore brotherhood is no stranger to losses, but the recent news of career-ending injuries for running backs Chrisitan Covington and Ja’Quan Keys has called for a special kind of support.

“We’re gonna go through ups and downs, but the best way to get through it is with family, and that’s what we’ve been doing,” said ISU Head Coach Curt Mallory. 

The missing pieces of Keys and Covington will be felt on the offence, but the positive mindset the two have found in these tough times is something felt far beyond the gridiron.  

“Very very proud of these two young men and how they represent the program, they represent a first-class manner,” said Coach Mallory. 

First-class manner exemplified in the way the teammates talk about each other, sharing the pain of Covington’s injury that will keep him from playing football again.

“I was hurt, because the kid had a lot of potential, I remember he came in this summer and kinda pushed me to up my game,” said Keys. 

“You can see it in his eyes that he cares about this team, and he loves this sport, and he grew to love this sport, and it’s so heartbreaking to see someone so young, you know 18 years old, losing his career already, it’s very heartbreaking for everyone,” said McCoy. 

And first-class manner exemplified in the way Covington speaks of his brothers; the Trees that stand tall around him and Keys in their time of need.

“I love this team, this is just a bunch of, a group of a bunch of good guys and when you put so much time in with people, you kinda mesh with them, and these are the guys I like to be around, so I believe that it’s a reason for staying and seeing where they end up, and just being there to support them because they were there to support me,” said Covington. 

Although Keys’ injury will mean the end of his ISU career, when asked today if he would ever be able to return to the football field, he paused, looked at his crutches, and said “I’ve gotta use those for four weeks, and then we’ll see.”

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